This fall, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University will stage a statewide production of Sophocles’ AJAX. There will be an open call for actors to audition on Monday, Sept. 15th and Tuesday, Sept. 16th from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Pell Center.
As part of the Pell Center’s Story in the Public Square initiative, the production will introduce audiences to the emotional trauma of war by bringing together recent veterans, future soldiers (e.g., ROTC cadets), faculty, and students in several venues around RI. All productions will be completed by Thanksgiving break. Our performances build upon a long tradition of “activist performance” in the theater that views storytelling as a positive force for social change. The production is using a contemporary translation by James Scully, who will join the effort to see his work performed live on stage for the first time in New England.
Members of the cast will receive a stipend of $500. Cast members and crew must be available for all performances. Rehearsals will begin in late September. The following dates and locations are confirmed, with 1-2 additional dates to be determined:
Salve Regina University (Megley black box theater): November 11, 12 & 13 @ 7pm
Contemporary Theater Company (Wakefield, RI): November 15 @ 2pm
Providence College (Bowab Studio Theater): November 17 @ 7pm
Sandywoods Center for the Arts (Tiverton): November 18 @ 7pm
The Pell Center (Young Building) is located at 518 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI. Auditions will be held in the first floor ballroom. Please bring a recent head shot and your resume to the audition
The production of Sophocles’ “Ajax” has been made possible by grants from the Rhode Island Council for Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.